Manicures And Pretty Nails

I don’t know about you but life just seems to be all go go go.  I’m a busy working mother with 2 kids.  I have a couple of businesses which take up a lot of my time. But every now and then I need to take a step back, relax and think of me.  Its times like this when I want to be pampered.

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An easy way of relaxing for me is having manicures. Pretty nails make me smile. Without polish my nails look awful because of too many years of taking nasty medications that have horrid side effects. Too many years of having chronic illnesses that ruin my body thus affecting my hair and nails. They’re always the first parts of your body to show signs of being unwell.  I am useless at applying nail varnish and getting it to stay put. I can chip it within hours of applying it even when using top and base costs.

However, a professional manicure can last a good 10 days. I’ve purchased the exact same products and used them st home and they only last a couple of hours. Why this happens in beyond me!

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But with professional manicures not only does the polish stay put but I get the chance to just sit and relax.  No children calling my name, no getting up and doing something mid way through.  Just a good 40 minutes sat relaxing.  As I mother I struggle to get time on my own to just sit and relax.  Now my children are getting older I no longer get that me time after they have gone to bed.  More often I am literally following them upstairs to bed now a days and as soon as my head hits the pillow I am usually falling straight asleep.

What do you do to pamper yourself and give yourself a little me time?  Do you find this hard to do due to lack of time or you just feel guilty for doing so?


  • Rhian Westbury

    3rd March 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I find I work so much that I don’t get a lot of downtime but I do love taking a nice lush filled bath, candles burning and a magazine in my hand. Your nails look nice, I tend to opt for gel as they last 4-6 weeks! x
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  • Dean of Little Steps

    3rd March 2016 at 10:27 AM

    I think mothers are guilty of not pampering themselves as much as we should, because we deserve it! It’s lovely that you’ve had the chance to do this … For me, pampering would be having a lovely-nice-long bath without my daughter knocking on the door for attention. x

  • Joanna

    3rd March 2016 at 11:36 AM

    When it comes to relaxing I take time out and read a book or watch something on netflix.
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  • Kara

    3rd March 2016 at 11:56 AM

    I would love to have the time for a manicure (and a hair cut) – may have to sneak out on hubby’s day off
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  • Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons

    3rd March 2016 at 12:13 PM

    I love a manicure – there’s nothing better than looking down at your nails and seeing them all painted and lovely. I find the same as you with a professional manicure – it last so much longer, even though I use a base coat and a top coat at home. I’d love to know what the secret is!
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  • Sonya Cisco

    3rd March 2016 at 12:34 PM

    I think the only day I managed a manicure was when I got married! I just dont seem to get round to even painting them generally – yours look so pretty!
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  • VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood

    3rd March 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Can’t remember the last time I had a manicure 🙁 Your nails look so pretty.
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  • Sarah Ebner

    3rd March 2016 at 1:25 PM

    I think you’re right that sometimes you almost need to be forced to relax (or be pampered). I’d love an aromatherapy massage but I can’t remember the last time I had one!

  • Fashion and Style Police

    3rd March 2016 at 2:38 PM

    I love having massages and just relaxing. Great post.
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  • Mommy Muddling

    3rd March 2016 at 3:06 PM

    I love me some pampering…when I’m able my favorite thing is to get a blowout and have my hair done all pretty. They always do it better than I can. Manicures and pedicures are pretty close to a necessity in my book!

  • Sassy

    3rd March 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Everyone deserves a break now and again, especially a mother running to businesses! It’s strange how getting your nails done a salon is nothing like at home, I’m glad you managed to pamper yourself, even if it’s just that 40 minutes on your own 🙂 xxx

  • Ana De- Jesus

    3rd March 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Sorry to hear that, do you mind me asking how long you have been ill for? I think a good manicure is a good way to put a smile on your face.
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  • Liz Mays

    3rd March 2016 at 7:07 PM

    It would definitely be nice to get manicures more often. I paint my nails every now and then but it’s not the same.

  • Ickle Pickle

    3rd March 2016 at 8:07 PM

    I am a working single mum of four so have very little time to myself! I have never had a manicure – but would love one! Kaz x
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  • Life as Mum

    3rd March 2016 at 8:39 PM

    It’s so important to have me time isn’t it. I love that colour you chose.

  • Mel

    3rd March 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I also love having my nails done. With our busy lifestyles, we tend to run like headless chickens and never stop. Having a manicure is a great way of stopping and relaxing completely.

  • Rachel

    3rd March 2016 at 9:44 PM

    I absolutely love having a manicure, I find it incredibly relaxing and a good manicure does lead to the polish lasting for up to 2 weeks for me x
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  • Angela at Daysinbed

    3rd March 2016 at 10:18 PM

    I love to be pampered and have my nails done! i agree just sitting and relaxing is a nice feeling and haven’t had them done in a few years! It’s something I’d like for mothers day! Angela xx

  • Cliona

    3rd March 2016 at 10:19 PM

    You’re so right, a manicure is a lovely way to relax and pamper yourself. I’ve actually been thinking lately that I’d love to do something like that as a treat. I also like getting my hair done cos I feel so nice coming out of the hairdressers.

  • Mudpie Fridays

    3rd March 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Lovely!! I actually had a sneaky one last week as I found that I had a day off without Monkey and thought a pampering session was in order! Got my toes done as well although i can’t remember the last time I actually did that. Enjoy your next one xx
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  • Kerry norris

    4th March 2016 at 5:03 AM

    Oh I love a good pamper and ironically as I’m reading this I am currently at a salon having a complete hair makeover. I normally have a hairdresser to the house so this is a big pamper for me. I’d love to have nice nails but I work in an operating theatre so I can’t x

  • Carly Markham

    4th March 2016 at 8:59 AM

    I have tried to make more time for me this year. Having three children 5 and under and working from home is not good for my stress levels! I love to read, apply face masks, I also like to paint my nails although It doesn’t last long. I also find going to local exercise classes when my OH is home on time to watch the kids is a great adrenaline boost x

  • Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear)

    4th March 2016 at 9:02 AM

    I recently made a pledge to myself to start having fresh, painted nails as I definitely feel happier and more confident with nice nails. Yours look beautiful and like you say, a professional manicure does seem to last longer, I am useless at doing my own 🙂 X
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  • Gemma Nuttall

    4th March 2016 at 10:25 AM

    From the sounds of it you really deserve a manicure every now and then.x
    What a woman, and you find time to blog!
    *tips hat in appreciation*

    I rarely spend money on myself due to the guilt I feel afterwards as I know i could’ve (should’ve) probably used that money to get something the kids need or save it for a holiday or something. A haircut every 3 months is about as pampered as I get!

  • Louise (Squished Blueberries)

    4th March 2016 at 10:50 AM

    I love having painted nails, it just makes me happy whenever I catch sight of my hands. My main problem though is having enough time to do it when I’m not going to need to use for hands for anything. I try and do it before bed and then I wake up in the morning with indents from the sheets all over them! I definitely think a trip for a professional manicure is a lovely way to treat yourself!
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  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    4th March 2016 at 10:56 AM

    I love a manicure and before I had my girls I was a regular. But now I just don’t find the time, I’m hoping this will change as they get older. Your nails look beautiful 🙂

  • Emma White

    4th March 2016 at 11:28 AM

    so pretty I love having my nails done which is about once a year I really need to treat myself more
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  • Baby Isabella

    4th March 2016 at 11:54 AM

    My mummy would love to take time out and get a professional manicure… Maybe be a lady who lunches too… Just for one day! Maybe for Mother’s Day!
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  • Tara | C&CO.

    4th March 2016 at 12:36 PM

    I’m definitely overdue a manicure, lovely pic!

  • Erica Price

    4th March 2016 at 2:41 PM

    I do enjoy a manicure, but hand on heart I tend to ruin a manicure within minutes of leaving the salon. I think I’d opt for a massage out of preference.
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  • chantelle hazelden

    4th March 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I never have my nails done, something I wish I could afford!! Love that colour.
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  • Hannah Budding Smiles

    4th March 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I’d kill for some professional pampering! A bath, The Good Wife and a decaf cappuccino is my idea of bliss when I’m at home xx

  • Rebecca Smith

    4th March 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Loving the nails! I don’t get too much time to relax tbh, really need to make more time

  • Nayna Kanabar

    4th March 2016 at 9:00 PM

    I wish I had pretty nails mine look all stubby and worn.

  • Donna

    4th March 2016 at 9:32 PM

    I love having a manicure. I don’t do my nails enough at all but I definitely feel better when I have nice nails. Love that nail colour! x

  • Grant R

    4th March 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Everyone deserves a little pampering, especially us hard-worked parents! Personally, I like having a meal out with the Mrs, which is exactly what I’m doing tomorrow night. Pamper my belly!
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  • Esther

    5th March 2016 at 2:04 PM

    I have two little kids too and it can be very hard to have any me time. Reading is the only indulgence I have managed to squeeze into my busy life. Manicure sounds like a brilliant idea and an affordable luxury to try.
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  • Emma

    5th March 2016 at 3:01 PM

    This has definitely reminded me to take a little time for me, I can’t wear make up or nail varnish at work but have just finished for maternity leave so need to embrace it for a bit while u still have time 🙂

  • Jenni

    5th March 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Its been a long time since I had enough spare time to do my nails. I do try to have me time but it usually is a nice soak in the bath x
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  • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

    6th March 2016 at 3:36 PM

    It’s so important to carve out a little time for yourself. Having your nails done must be a lovely treat. Time off and of course you get to enjoy them afterwards too!

  • Jolene monaghan

    7th March 2016 at 11:04 AM

    i love a good pamper!! i think the trick is to book it a month in advance and stick to it!! it always gives you a lift and as mummys we are always looking after everyone else x

  • Nicol

    7th March 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I always love a good manicure! I need one re-done actually

  • Steph

    6th April 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I love a pamper! I treat myself each month to my acrylic nail infills and get my hair coloured and cut every couple of months. I’d love to be able to spend more on relaxation, like spa days or regular massages, but alas, I just can’t justify the spends.
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  • Melanie Edjourian

    16th May 2016 at 6:40 PM

    I’m the same I rarely have time to myself to relax, paint my nails etc. I would love to have a little more time for me and wouldn’t feel guilty as I do loads for the kids daily.
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  • Sarah Ebner

    31st December 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Yes, I’d say we definitely all need some “me” time. I love a massage every so often – makes such a difference! Unfortunately I don’t have good enough nails for a manicure 🙂

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